HPV VACCINE IS CANCER PREVENTION
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
HPV is a type of virus that is spread from person to person through skin-to-skin contact. There are many different types (strains) of HPV virus that can infect people. HPV infections are very common and almost everyone will be infected by some form of HPV in their lifetime.
HPV and Cancer
Infection with certain strains of HPV can lead to cancer. Most HPV infections will go away--and many infections might not even result in noticeable symptoms. However, some HPV infections will last longer and can develop into cancer. The most common cancers caused by HPV include cancers of the cervix, vagina, and vulva in women, cancer of the penis in men, and cancers of the throat and the anus in men and women.
Preventing HPV infection is difficult because the infection is very common and most people don't show any symptoms when the are infectious. The best way to prevent HPV infection is to be vaccinated with the HPV vaccine. The HPV vaccine prevents infection from nine different strains of HPV that are most commonly associated with cancer. The vaccine isn't just about preventing HPV, it's about preventing cancers caused by HPV, too!